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An environmental hazard, lead can damage the brain and other organs. Currently, screening for lead poisoning is not recommended in Australia. However, Government efforts to reduce exposure have resulted in a fall in the levels of lead in the blood of the Australian population. The fall is thought to be the result of lower levels of lead in petrol and paint, and the removal of leaded solder from food cans and lead plumbing from homes. Screening for lead poisoning should be considered for children living in pre-1950s houses that are being renovated if this involves removal of old paint that may contain lead.
Better Health Channel: Lead poisoning